Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

FORUMS Photography Talk by Genre Critique Corner 
Thread started 09 May 2014 (Friday) 06:53
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Apartment and House

Senior Member
509 posts
Gallery: 46 photos
Likes: 466
Joined Jul 2013
Location: Hartford, CT, USA
May 09, 2014 06:53 |  #1

I'm not really thrilled with the way these came out, but I'm not sure why. It just feels like they are missing something. Can you guys give me some feedback? What would make them more interesting?

please log in to view hosted photos in full size.

please log in to view hosted photos in full size.

Constructive criticism is always appreciated.

Cream of the Crop
5,331 posts
Gallery: 41 photos
Likes: 478
Joined Dec 2007
Location: Long Island, NY, N. America, Sol III, Orion Spur, Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Cluster, Laniakea.
May 09, 2014 07:59 |  #2

You got some good light on the red brick house. It could do with some perspective correction. The tilted chimney is a no-no.

As for the other one, you have a rather uninteresting shot of some grass with an out-of-focus house and tree taking up most of the frame. What was your subject?

Gear: Kodak Instamatic, Polaroid Swinger. Oh you meant gear now. :rolleyes:​t (external link)
Editing ok

Senior Member
557 posts
Gallery: 24 photos
Likes: 29
Joined Feb 2014
Location: Long Beach, CA
May 09, 2014 08:55 |  #3

For the top one, the house would have been a better subject. My eyes were drawn to the house but couldn't get anything out of it bc it was out of focus.

Some cameras, some lenses

Senior Member
916 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 35
Joined Jun 2011
Location: South Central Kentucky
May 09, 2014 09:48 |  #4

I'd just toss the first one. The second one is a pleasant picture with nice lighting but needs a bit of straightening.

Clean ­ Gene
1,014 posts
Joined Nov 2010
May 10, 2014 00:59 |  #5

I'd like to elaborate on number one. I've actually seen images kind of like this that totally worked. This one doesn't, though.

I like the idea of the plane of focus being in a not-obvious place, with the obvious and more prominent object being obscured. The problem here is that there's nothing IN the plane of focus that is really of any importance, and what's there doesn't really seem to have any kind of interesting relationship to the house.

But I think the TECHNIQUE is solid enough. It just doesn't work with the subject matter.

Hypothetical example: maybe is the house had been a day care center, maybe if the tree had been little kids frolicking in the grass, and maybe if there were some hypodermic needles in the grass where the plane of focus was, then that might work a little better. In that case your decision to focus on the grass would make sense because then you'd be pointing out something that was otherwise unseen. And the relationship between the two objects would create drama because of the element of danger or whatever.

Just an example though. I'm not suggesting that you stick dirty needles in the grass and get kids to run around near them. I'm just using that as an example to show why this isn't working. Rather than using your technique to show something that's secret and hidden and important, you're still just sort of showing something that was already obvious: there's grass in front of the house.

sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

881 views & 0 likes for this thread
Apartment and House
FORUMS Photography Talk by Genre Critique Corner 
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.

POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©

Latest registered member is All-Media-Services
889 guests, 285 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018 Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.